I’m a lifelong musician with a passion for live music. In addition to performing with various music act as a musician, I teach guitar, and I also mentor singers with little to no stage performance experience that are looking to get out and perform on the local live music scene and beyond. I also facilitate drum circles through my business Rhythmic Wellness Solutions. Our clientele includes adult care facilities (autistic adults and adults with disabilities), senior assisted living facilities, and pre-kindergarten schools and/or centers. We also handle corporate events as well as private party events. (See additional details below.)
I am a working musician that plays guitar, and sings, that is currently involved with several different music acts. Please refer to the tab titled Music Acts for a complete description of each act.
I am currently accepting requests for private lessons for individuals of all ages that have a strong desire to start learning how to play the guitar for the music genres classic rock, pop, blues, and country. I teach both beginner and Level 2 courses. The beginners course is for people with little to no prior experience. The Level 2 course is for those that complete the beginner course, and for those with some prior experience from other learning sources that wish to progress to the next level. in their playing. Once a student develops, and reaches a certain comfort level, I'll place them in open mic environments if they wish to play in public, rather than just for family and friends at home. I will play with students, if necessary, in those situations. Please refer to the News tab on this site to learn more about the open mic events. My main goal, and my joy in teaching beginners, is to get people started on their musical journeys. Lessons can be in person, or online through Zoom based on your preference.
NOTE:: The client service area for in person private guitar instruction is currently limited to Southern Fairfield County along the I-95 corridor from Greenwich to Fairfield, and also including the Black Rock section of Bridgeport. The geographic service area will expand over time. I am, however, also available to provide lessons on-line via the internet through Zoom, regardless of your physical location.
I also teach guitar lessons publicly in group settings as well. I am currently a teacher for the Stamford Public School system in their Adult Enrichment Learning Program. A Beginner Guitar course was offered during the Spring semester, but it has ended. A new Beginner Guitar class will be offered in the Fall semester, beginning on Tuesday, September 20th. It will consist of eight one hour weekly sessions from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm that take place at the Rippowam Middle School. There will also be a Level 2 Guitar class offered in the Fall that will begin following the conclusion of the Beginner course. The Level 2 course is for those with some level of prior playing experience. They will also take place every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., but this is a four week course. For more details, or to register, you can go to their website at: wwwstamfordadulted.org; or by calling (203) 977-4209; or in person at Old Town Hall at 175 Street in Stamford, CT, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
I am also teaching Beginner Guitar and Level 2 guitar courses in Darien, CT; each Wednesday afternoon/evening. There are eight sessions at one hour each and there are courses for kids, and for adults. All classes take place in the Mather Center at the Darien Town Hall. The start date for this semester was on Wednesday, March 23rd. Classes run through M ay 18th. Three new summer courses are being offered starting on Wednesday, June 22nd; a Beginner course for kids ages 7 years to 15 years; and Level 2 course for kids ages 7 years to 15 years; and a course for adults. Please check the town's website for the specific course offerings, and how to register at:
I have also taught Beginner Guitar Classes for adults at The East Norwalk Library, in Norwalk. The last program that was held was back in the Fall of 2021. There were 8 weekly sessions. These lessons were free of charge to the public! You only needed to have your own guitar. They indicated that they may hold more classes in the future. Contact Sylvia Archibald at (203) 838-0408 for more details regarding possible future sessions, or you can check back on this website for updates.
Live Music Performance Coach For Singers:
It's best to start off by stating what I am not; and that is that I am not a vocal coach. I have friends that teach voice lessons that I can recommend to you if you're trying to learn how to sing. Refer to the advertisement below from my very talented friend Wendy May. I work with individuals that have either had some vocal training, or they already have a good level of natural ability, that have a strong desire to get out on the local live music scene as a performing artist. My primary role is to select songs, and song keys, that are best suited for the singer's voice and to rehearse to give such individuals the confidence that they need to perform in public. Individuals that I have worked with have gone on to form their own music acts that are currently out there on the local live music scene. Please refer to the "Testimonials" tab on this site for comments by some of the people that I have worked with in the past. My main goal, and my joy in working with singers, is to see the progress in their performance abilities over time, and to see them ultimately perform out in public on their own, whether it be in an existing music act, or in a newly formed music act of their own.
NOTE:: The client service area for Live Music Performance Coach is currently limited to Southern Fairfield County along the I-95 corridor from Greenwich to Fairfield, and also including the Black Rock section of Bridgeport. The service area will expand over time.
Looking for a great voice instructor? Consider Wendy May for all of your voice lesson needs whether it be to begin to learn how to sing, or to bring your vocal chops to the next level if you are currently a singer. Wendy is one of the best female vocalists in our area, and beyond, and has many years of singing experience. Give her a call to discuss voice lesson options. You'll be glad that you did!
Drum Circle Facilitator:
My business, Rhythmic Wellness Solutions, provides drum circle sessions to promote wellness. Our clientele is primarily facilities that work with autistic adults, adults with disabilities, and assisted living senior centers, as well as local senior centers, and we also have a program for pre-kindergarten schools and centers as well. We also offer our services for both corporate events and private events. My main goal, and my joy in facilitating drum circles, is simply to bring joy into people's lives.
Here is a video of a drum circle at Abilis; a company that works with autistic adults and adults with disabilities: